Gloomy Sunday

“Sunday is gloomy
My hours are slumberless
Dearest, the shadows
I live with are numberless

Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of
Sorrow has taken you”

*** “Gloomy Sunday” (Hungarian: Szomorú vasárnap), also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”, is composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezso Seress

Gloomy Sunday, inspired by the song of the same name, is the attempt to visualize psychological and physical struggles women face on a daily basis. Salma Abedin Prithi’s photographs oscillates between poetry, light humor and vulnerability, and transgresses between the imaginary and the almost violently real.

Prithi consciously combines glossy, fake, and contrived arrangements with references to conflicting gender rituals. In dialogues with the women around her, she realized that the severe power asymmetry within the endorsed gender roles was neither limited to the public places, nor to someone’s personal experience in private sphere, and continues to haunt in everyday moments. 

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